Electric Lineworker (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Electric Lineworker
Program Code: 1391

About This Major . . .

This program covers all areas of training required to work with electric lines, including: basic skills in studies of electricity, math, fundamentals of line work, transformer connections, and underground installation. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions as electric line mechanics, electric line workers, or power line workers

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of grammar and vocabulary in the documentation required to perform the duties of a ground man or lineman in the electrical distribution industry. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply mathematical concepts to perform electrical formula calculations used for finding voltages, amperes, resistance, and power. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with Standard Operating Procedures regarding climbing structures, replacing associated equipment, pole setting procedures, and soil recognition for underground applications and perform all required safety procedures. (Specialized Knowledge)
  4. Evaluate a situation, and determine which Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) applies to perform the job in a safe and timely manner. (Applied Learning)
  5. Describe the scope and application of principle features of an electric line worker, including core practices required by the electrical distribution industry. (Critical Thinking)
  6. Evaluate company policies, ethical standards and perform in a manner that is consistent to Federal and State laws. (Specialized Knowledge)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree:

  • 62 semester hours total for the AAS, Electric Line Worker.
  • A minimum of 16 semester hours taken at CMU in no fewer than two semesters.

Essential Learning Requirements

(15 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
Select one of the following courses:3
English Composition II-GTCO2
Interpersonal Communications
MATH 107Career Math (or higher)3
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(45 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.)

Additional expenses - Students will be required to purchase or have approximately $2600.00 in tools and personal equipment.  This does not include required textbooks or an adequate pair of work boots.  These costs may vary with student needs and brand or quality of tools or equipment purchased.  All safety glasses must meet the minimum industry safety standard of Z-87 with side shields.

Students will only be able to register for second semester courses upon the successful completion of first semester courses with a "C" or higher in each course.

Core Courses
ELCL 125Job Training and Safety4
ELCL 131Electrical Distribution Theory I4
ELCL 131LElectric Distribution Lab4
ELCL 132Electrical Distribution Theory II4
ELCL 132LElectrical Distribution Theory II Laboratory4
ELCL 137Advanced Electrical Distribution2
ELCL 137LAdvanced Electrical Distribution Laboratory4
ELCL 140Underground Procedures4
ELCL 145Hot Line Procedures1
ELCL 145LHot Line Procedures Laboratory2
Total Semester Credit Hours33
Restricted Electives
Choose 12 semester hours from the list below:12
Budget Analysis
Business Basics
Introduction to Customer Service
Business Rules and Regulations
Managing Office Technology I
Introduction to Business
Business Communications
Survey of Business Law
First-Year Spanish I
Survey of Earth Science-GTSC2
Weather and Climate-GTSC2
Geology of Colorado-GTSC2
Introduction to Cartography
Principles of Management
Workplace Skills
Total Semester Credit Hours12
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities 3
Restricted Electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Interpersonal Communications
English Composition II-GTCO2
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA Activity Course 1
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities 3
Restricted Electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
MATH 107 Career Math 3
ELCL 125 Job Training and Safety 4
ELCL 131 Electrical Distribution Theory I 4
ELCL 131L Electric Distribution Lab 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ELCL 132 Electrical Distribution Theory II 4
ELCL 132L Electrical Distribution Theory II Laboratory 4
ELCL 137 Advanced Electrical Distribution 2
ELCL 137L Advanced Electrical Distribution Laboratory 4
ELCL 140 Underground Procedures 4
ELCL 145 Hot Line Procedures 1
ELCL 145L Hot Line Procedures Laboratory 2
 Semester Credit Hours21
 Total Semester Credit Hours62

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.